Gua Sha is a healing massage technique from Traditional Chinese Medicine that can be used to lift, tone and tighten skin, increase the efficacy of your skincare, and for your skin to look refreshed and glowy.
The technique stems from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and involves the use of a skincare tool (like this one!) with a flat edge that can be used to press-stroke or scrape lubricated skin in one direction. This, according to the Chinese, moves qi (气) or energy around the body. In allopathic medical terms, this translates into improving circulation which releases stagnant blood and toxins. This movement allows for more blood and nutrient flow to stagnant areas, allowing for healing and rejuvenating tired skin.
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Apply a facial oil or moisturizer on cleansed skin to give it some slip before using your gua sha tool. To use, anchor fingers from the opposing hand while scraping the tool from the center of the face to the ears and cheekbones. For a video demonstration, page through these images or follow our Tiktok page.
The 巫 symbol
The Chinese character 巫 (wū) in the center of our gua shas signifies witchcraft or the spiritual arts. At Sabbatical, we believe the strongest magic we can find comes from within. For this reason, we've inscribed the 巫 symbol on our gua shas so that as you're conducting your gua sha ritual, you're reminded to tap into your own magic and your own intentions to heal your skin and speak your blessings over it.
Being made of a crystal, these tools are delicate and will break upon being dropped. Please be careful while handling.
To care for your crystal, gently wash it in warm soapy water after use each time and dry before putting it away.
*Please note that as these tools are crafted from natural stone, there will be minor imperfections varying across individual units. These imperfections do not compromise the integrity of the tools or their use.